Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018
On the Archduke's Path in Mallorca
Showing posts with label UMIST. Show all posts
Showing posts with label UMIST. Show all posts

Friday, 13 March 2020

Before they went grey!

Just a bit of light relief from 48 years ago. All still going strong except for BVN 406B.
I shared a flat in Chatham Grove with Anna and Jacqui; Paul (aka 'Angus') and Julie were across the road with John Clark, who probably took this photo.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Saturday 16 March 2019 – Another ex TDHHC Reunion

Target practice in the Peak District

I originally headed this posting with a picture of ‘The Mad Ones’ after completing the Bogle Stroll in 1981. Then I found a magnificent diary entry on that event by Nick – all of 42 pages of a small notebook! – so I’ve postponed that entry in favour of a few older images that may bring back memories to some of the 14 old friends who turned up at our house for a mini ‘tea and cake’ reunion on Saturday afternoon, following the get together we enjoyed on 6 November last year.
All my ex-UMIST/TDHHC postings can be found here. I’ll be adding entries that cover a banquet, and the above-mentioned Bogle Stroll.

Thanks again, to the following who took the trouble to turn up on Saturday. Our kitchen has never been so full!

Linda, Gary, Paul and Julie, Dave and Margaret, Rob and Brenda, Ian and Rona, and Dave and Calla. And it was lovely to see Paul and Julie again at Eagley Jazz Club on Monday evening. We hope you enjoyed that.

More memories below, and a forgotten name ‘Linda Spencer’ to relate to the picture above…. I’m afraid I can’t name everyone on these photos, but if you look at them for long enough, some names come back. Where are they all now?

From a Lake District weekend, perhaps in the Langdale Valley

Well, three of them were at our house on Saturday, and I’m in touch with about five more of those in the above 1970s pictures.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Tuesday 6 November 2018 – A ‘UMIST’ Reunion


We weren’t all at UMIST. Some were at Domski and elsewhere. This was a mini reunion in a Happy Place – namely our house.

Sue and I had a lovely evening with friends of mine dating back nearly 50 years. We will have to meet again soon, as despite one of the purposes of the evening being to pass round a load of my old photos, we forgot to take a reunion picture. So I’ve cobbled together a few pictures of the eleven of us who were present last night. If you click on the image you risk seeing a larger version.

People say “You haven’t changed!” I don’t believe them, apart from the smiles – they haven’t changed..

Thanks to everyone for coming, and I hope we can meet up again soon.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Mike Collier (1947 to 2018)


Yesterday, 26 September 2018, was the happy occasion of my granddaughter Jessica’s fifth birthday. Sadly it was also the occasion of Mike Collier’s funeral.

The above picture shows Mike, on the right, with a group of friends, at Sue’s parents’ house in Tenbury Wells on a visit in the early 1970s. Five of those in the photo were at the funeral, and it was great to see Sue (far left) again after many years.

Mike’s send off was a moving occasion and included a lovely remembrance of Mike’s life composed by Linda. He was “a loving husband, father, thinker, gentle-man”, and for someone who didn’t put himself about – apart from his rapport with the local cat population – the full chapel spoke for itself.

A good man in both his home and his professional life. Our thoughts are with Linda, Andrew, David, Winnie and the rest of the family.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

An Unexpected Reunion with John Clark


It was a pleasure last week to be contacted by a UMIST contemporary who I hadn't seen for many years. John Clark studied Chemical Engineering between 1968 and 1971, which perhaps overqualifies him for his current occupation.

Those who remember the shy young lad from days past may be surprised to learn that he now runs a massage parlour in Glasgow.

He was in Manchester for a reunion of Chem Eng students. A sort of 50th anniversary party. Time flies.

He called round to see me in Timperley and we enjoyed a good natter, recalling old times when, having left university in 1971, he and Roger Freeman and I arranged regular meet up activities that were the precursor to the programme that I produced every year before transferring it to a rolling programme on nearly twenty years ago.

That programme continues to this day. I'll shortly be organising some short mid week walks.

We agreed that we should make the effort to see Roger in Yorkshire, sooner rather than later.

I’ve dragged a few photos from the archives. The top picture shows John in the Lake District during a trip that he and I had to Wasdale in July 1972. Is that Kirk Fell in the background?

Below, he and Roger look out from a vantage point on the island of Mull, in May 1972.


As some readers may know, I walked the University Rag Walk – Bogle Stroll – a 55 mile saunter, on numerous occasions.

By 1973 I had joined Thornton Baker. I named our team the ‘TB&Co Mad Ones’ and enlisted various ultra fit colleagues who mostly dropped out. To make up the numbers, Anna and Jacqui, my flatmates, were coerced into joining up. In those days I finished around breakfast time (we started at midnight, in February) and went out to walk in with others and generally help out with the Tech Domski Hiking Club’s many participants. Here, my two flatmates, who finished in 18 hours 40 minutes (Anna, Jacqui was ten minutes behind) are pictured together with John, who doesn’t appear on the list of finishers. Perhaps he got arm strain from carrying that bag? A and J would never have lived it down had they failed to finish. They feature quite regularly on these pages, and it’s good that John has now joined them.


Finally, for the time being, here’s a photo that I’m having trouble dating – perhaps the mid 1970s. From L to R: Beryl, Roger, John, Roger’s friend who drove a Morris 1000 Traveller with a corrugated iron roof, Gary (who I’ll be seeing next week) and me. I still have that anorak! It did many Bogle Strolls and many Lyke Wake Walks.


Happy Days…

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Paul Brunn – 1950 to 27 April 2012

Paul Brunn - May 1970

It was with great sadness that I attended Paul’s funeral today.

Paul was a contemporary of mine at UMIST over forty years ago, and is pictured above showing his usual responsible style of management, in this instance in May 1970 as newly elected Chairman of the Tech Domski Hiking and Hostelling Club (TDHHC), by attempting to ride a children’s pink elephant outside an amusement arcade in Whitby.

Whilst family life and work commitments as a Mechanical Engineer drew Paul, like many of my other TDHHC contemporaries, away from a life in the outdoors, we had kept in touch over the years by way of occasional meals etc with others who were thrown together in the lottery of lifelong friendships that one tends to establish with contemporaries from University days.

My abiding memory of Paul is his expert and captivating rendition of ‘Napoleon’s Retreat from Wigan’ at the Fish Inn in Buttermere, before he adjourned to lie on his tent in the rain in a nearby field of cows.

There are many more happy memories – but time is against me today.

Paul was a lovely person and a great personality who will be sadly missed.  Our condolences go to all his family and to his friends.